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Fleeing and Eluding

Have you been charged with the crime of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer? If you are facing such charges, you need to understand that you may potentially have stiff penalties waged against you if convicted.

Having the help of a good attorney is your best means of defending against Fleeing and Eluding a law enforcement officer or any criminal charges.

With the legal assistance of someone like South Florida criminal attorney Evan Hoffman, you will have the resources of a former prosecutor. That can be invaluable when dealing with a criminal case like fleeing and eluding.


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Miami Fleeing and Eluding Defense Attorney

Fleeing and eluding charges are extremely serious. It is the type of offense that no matter the circumstances, juries may be biased against you before hearing your side of the story. This type of charge is too difficult to beat on your own.

If you are facing fleeing and eluding charges, contact a criminal defense attorney with The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090. At your free consultation, you can discuss your case with a skilled defense lawyer and gather a legal strategy.

This firm serves clients in Miami-Dade County and neighboring counties.


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Fleeing and Eluding Information Center


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Fleeing and Eluding Defined under Florida Law

The crime of Fleeing and Eluding is defined under Florida code 316.1935 as:

  • It is unlawful for the operator of any vehicle, having knowledge that he or she has been ordered to stop such vehicle by a duly authorized law enforcement officer, willfully to refuse or fail to stop the vehicle in compliance with such order; or
  • Having stopped in knowing compliance with such order, willfully to flee in an attempt to elude the officer, and a person who violates this subsection commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

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There are four categories of Fleeing and Eluding:

(1) Fleeing and Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer

The basic offense of Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer is considered as a Third Degree Felony and is assigned a Level One offense severity ranking under Florida Law. For convictions of Fleeing and Elude a Law Enforcement Officer, a judge is required to adjudicate a guilty sentence and can impose any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to Five (5) years in prison.
  • Up to Five (5) years of probation.
  • Up to $5,000 in fines.
  • Minimum One (1) year, maximum Five (5) years, driver’s license suspension.

(2) Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated

Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated is considered as a Third Degree Felony and assigned a Level Three offense severity ranking under Florida Law. For convictions of Fleeing to Elude with Lights and Siren Activated a judge is required to adjudicate a guilty sentence and can impose any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to Five (5) years in prison.
  • Up to Five (5) years of probation.
  • Up to $5,000 in fines.
  • Minimum One (1) year, maximum Five (5) years, driver’s license suspension.

(3) Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving

Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving is considered as a Second Degree Felony and assigned a Level Four offense severity ranking under Florida law. For convictions of Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving a judge is required to adjudicate a guilty sentence and can impose any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to Fifteen (15) years in prison.
  • Up to Fifteen (15) years of probation.
  • Up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Minimum One (1) year, maximum Five (5) years, driver’s license suspension.

(4) Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death

Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death is considered as a First Degree Felony and assigned a Level Seven offense severity ranking under Florida Law.


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Fleeing and Eluding Penalties

For convictions of Fleeing and Eluding with Lights and Siren Activated with High Speed or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death, a judge is required to adjudicate a guilty sentence, impose a minimum mandatory sentence of Three (3) years imprisonment, and can impose any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to Thirty (30) years in prison.
  • Up to Thirty (30) years of probation.
  • Up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Minimum One (1) year, maximum Five (5) years, driver’s license suspension.

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More Information on Fleeing and Eluding

The Florida Senate- Search this state government site for Florida’s full statute on fleeing and eluding.

Online Sunshine- Search this state site for full statutes on fleeing and eluding penalties.


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The Hoffman Firm Miami-Dade County Fleeing and Eluding Defense Lawyer

Charges of fleeing and eluding should be taken seriously, and if you are facing those or any such charges, you need to be proactive in defending yourself by obtaining the services of a criminal defense attorney like Evan Hoffman.

The Hoffman Firm offers a free initial consultation. Call them today at (305) 249-0090 to set up and appointment and see how they can help.

The Hoffman Firm provides services to clients in North Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and neighboring areas.


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Evan A. Hoffman

Evan A. Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman’s philosophy is "our knowledge and experience is your best defense." He has been a featured author on criminal law issues such as driving under the influence, domestic violence and illegal searches.

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